When parents first see one of our Kindergarten rooms they often take a deep breath and tell us they wish they had attended a school like this. They experience a learning environment of beauty, wonder and warmth. It is easy to imagine how happy a child would be spending their time in these classrooms. We lay the groundwork for future success in these early years by developing gross and fine motor skills through movement, creative thought through imagination, and positive social skills through a young child's innate capacity for imitation of worthy role models. Our experienced, caring teachers and the daily use of the natural, protected outdoor play areas are the foundation for our Kindergarten programs.
Each day’s activities are smoothly woven together creating predictable rhythms through which children begin to explore the world through indoor and outdoor play, and focused activities such as morning circle or story time. This balance provides security and a feeling of well-being within the child.
The individual days of the week bring with them particular tasks such as painting, baking, soup making, drawing and seasonal crafts. Through play, artistic and purposeful activities, the children find their place in an environment where appreciation for the creative forces of nature and healthy social interactions are practiced and modeled.
In the Waldorf tradition, a great emphasis is placed on creating a beautiful and nurturing classroom environment. Playthings are made of simple and natural materials which awaken the child's own imagination. Great joy is found in using colorful silk and cotton play cloths, soft dolls, wooden toys, and items from nature to create anything a young child's heart delights in. The children’s creative, robust play becomes a wellspring for creative original thought and later intellectual accomplishment.
Media and Children
Waldorf schools encourage parents to create a media-free home environment for their children. This protects the child from sensory damage and allows for a healthy, unhindered development of the child’s imaginative, creative and social skills.
We have two kindergarten classes at SWS. They both run Monday through Friday from 8:15 - 1:30 pm.
To find out more contact our Admissions office.